The TES is reporting Justine Greening’s comments that the government’s plans to expand the number of grammar schools will “absolutely not” be a return to the 11-plus entrance exams.
The education secretary also refused to be drawn on how many of the selective schools would be created, stating it would be decided locally.
Her appearance on ITV’s Peston on Sunday comes just days after prime minister Theresa May vowed to establish the first grammar school in 50 years at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Ms Greening repeated the government’s claims that there would be no return to the “binary system” of grammar schools and secondary moderns in the 1950s.
“This is absolutely not about a return to the 11-plus, and one of the areas we are consulting on is whether children should be able to go into selective schools at different ages, rather than just at age 11.
“We have to understand that children develop at different paces and our education system needs to reflect that.”
Let us know your thoughts on Justine Greening’s comments ~ Jon
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